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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, Certificate Level I

This program is based in San Angelo.

Note: A criminal background clearance is required before acceptance into this program and a 10 panel drug screening is required prior to clinicals.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is an integral member of the operative team, which includes the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and Registered Nurse. Their role is to perform duties during the pre, intra, and postoperative phases of surgical care. The primary responsibility of the CST is to create and maintain the surgical field integrity, and under the direction of the surgeon, prepare instrumentation and suture material as needed in the operative field. All surgical technologists who graduate from a CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) approved program are eligible to sit for the certification exam to become a CST.


Clinical experiences provide detailed education, training, and work-based experience in direct patient/client care at a clinical site which focuses on surgical procedures. All clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences that are required for program completion. Students may not be substituted for staff personnel while performing clinical program requirements. Students and faculty provided by Howard College are not and will not be acting as servant agents or employees of a medical facility during program clinical rotation.

Admission Criteria Specific to the Surgical Technology Program

Howard College’s Surgical Technology Program is a Certificate Level I program, which is CAAHEP approved and fully accredited. Program applicants who have met the criteria for admission to Howard College will be evaluated according to specific program criteria outlined for admission into the surgical technology program. All admission criteria are outlined in the Surgical Technology admission packet and may be obtained at a Health Professions Orientation or through the program director’s office.

Completion of the following is required prior to application into the program. A grade of “C” or better is required in all Prerequisite courses in order to apply into the program. Program application deadline is June 1st of each year.

BIOL 2401  or BIOL 2301  & BIOL 2101  (must complete by June 1)
BIOL 2402  or BIOL 2302  & BIOL 2102  (must complete by June 1)
BIOL 2420  or BIOL 2320  & BIOL 2120  (must complete by June 1)
HPRS 1206  (must complete by June 1)

Program acceptance is based upon the criteria outlined in the admission packet, regarding the above Prerequisite requirements, and admission interviews. Students with the highest scores will be admitted into the program. Program admission will be limited to 10 students per year. If admitted into the program a grade of “C” or better is required in all course work in order to progress in the program.

Pretesting Criteria

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Testing: The Surgical Technology Program itself is a TSI-Waived program; however, applicants will be asked to take the reading exam, or an acceptable exam in order to take the Prerequisite academic courses.

Admission Requirements

Submit to the surgical technology department (San Angelo campus only):

  1. Student must attend Health Professions Orientation
  2. Completed surgical technology application for admission.
  3. Manual dexterity test results.
  4. All of the above information must be received into the Surgical Technologist Directors office by June 1 in order to be considered for admission into the program.
  5. A personal interview may also be required.

Final Acceptance into the Surgical Technologist Program will require that prior to the first class day the student will have completed the following:

  1. A physical examination form (completed after June 1 of the year of admission)
  2. Applicant must provide proof of immunizations required by the Texas Health Department, Rule 97.64. Additional immunizations may be required by some clinical facilities.
  3. Current CPR certification (Provider American Heart Association).
  4. Successful completion of a criminal background clearance.

Graduation Requirements

Clinical Case Requirement for Successful Completion of the Program:

  • General Surgery:  Minimum of 30 Solos
  • Other Surgical Specialties:  Minimum of 90 Solos

Specialties Include:  Ortho, GU, ENT, Ophthalmology, GYN, Neuro, Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Plastics, Oral / Maxillofacial

Solo:  The student in the first scrub role performs more than 90% of the case with proficiency at their level of education and expertise (includes pre, intra, and post op duties).
First Scrub Role:  The student in the first scrub role performs less than 90% of the case independently (includes pre, intra, and post op duties).

Successful completion of the NBSTSA Examination is required for program completion.

Health Insurance

Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology program are required to purchase health insurance prior to the beginning of their clinical experiences and to maintain the insurance for the duration of their enrollment.


6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO  80120
Phone:  (303) 741-3655

6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #100
Littleton, CO  80120
Phone: (800) 707-0057 (Toll-Free)
Fax:  (303) 325-2536

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” Howard College is committed to creating an educated workforce by offering occupational programs that lead to gainful employment.

Gainful Employment Information for Surgical Technology, Certificate Level I

Prerequisite Courses (prior to program application)